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Last Night I Sang to the Monster
by Benjamin Alire Saenz


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"Saenz' poetic narrative will captivate readers from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel. . . . It is also a celebration of life and a song of hope in celebration of family and friendship, one that will resonate loud and long with teens."--"Kirkus Reviews"

..".There is never a question of either Saenz's own extraordinary capacity for caring and compassion or the authenticity of the experiences he records in this heartfelt account of healing and hope."--"Booklist"

"Offering insight into an adolescent's] addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Saenz's artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten."--"Publishers Weekly"

"Saenz weaves together 18-year-old] Zach's past, present, and changing disposition toward his future with stylistic grace and emotional insight.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Saenz' poetic narrative will captivate readers from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel. . . . It is also a celebration of life and a song of hope in celebration of family and friendship, one that will resonate loud and long with teens."--"Kirkus Reviews"

..".There is never a question of either Saenz's own extraordinary capacity for caring and compassion or the authenticity of the experiences he records in this heartfelt account of healing and hope."--"Booklist"

"Offering insight into an adolescent's] addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Saenz's artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten."--"Publishers Weekly"

"Saenz weaves together 18-year-old] Zach's past, present, and changing disposition toward his future with stylistic grace and emotional insight. This is a powerful and edifying look into both a tortured psyche and the methods by which it can be healed."--"School Library Journal"

Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive--well, what's up with that?

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781933693583
  • ISBN-10: 1933693584
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publish Date: September 2009
  • Page Count: 239
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-17
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.28 x 0.98 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.17 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 66.
  • Review Date: 2009-09-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

“I don’t like remembering. Remembering makes me feel things. I don’t like feeling things,” writes Zach as a homework assignment from his therapist at the outset of this psychologically intense novel. Tracing 18-year-old Zach’s somewhat disjointed but utterly candid monologue during his stint at an institution, readers will feel his fear as he remembers the events leading to his hospitalization and meet his “monster,” the unnamed force that appears in his dreams. But breaking through the chaos of Zach’s internal worldare two remarkable individuals: his fatherly roommate, Rafael, and therapist, Adam, whose determination to make Zach whole again never falters. Zach’s progress advances in small steps, and there are plenty of setbacks. Fellow patients who have become his friends leave suddenly, and the sadness of other lost souls is nearly too much for Zach. However, the good that comes from his struggles far outweighs the dark moments. Offering insight into addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Sáenz’s (He Forgot to Say Goodbye) artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)

 
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